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St. Helen's Church

Ranworth, England
+44 1603 270769
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Superb views.

Everyone mentions the climb up the tower, but I'm fit and my little leggies were shaking all... read more

Reviewed 26 June 2018
beachbuddy10
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Bridport, United Kingdom
A hard climb up the tower but worth the views!

Advertised as 'The cathedral of the broads', and well worth the title. A beautiful church and the... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2018
Dave E
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Ranworth, England
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+44 1603 270769
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

Everyone mentions the climb up the tower, but I'm fit and my little leggies were shaking all afternoon. I think there's 89 steps, but in a tight, narrow spiral, so you should keep to the outside where they are wider. Then you reach two metal...More

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Reviewed 29 May 2018

Advertised as 'The cathedral of the broads', and well worth the title. A beautiful church and the opportunity to climb the tower. This involves climbing a narrow, steep spiral staircase and two ladders. The views are well worth the effort with views as far as...More

Thank Dave E
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Reviewed 22 May 2018

On a sunny Sunday afternoon we climbed the church tower. The views were stunning. Well worth the effort.

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Reviewed 21 May 2018

A beautiful church.It has an excellent sensory garden which you can sit and admire the plants and butterflies. Read about the fire which destroyed part of the original church.Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 11 November 2017

We have visited the church on a number of occasions and will always make the effort to climb to the top of the tower to enjoy the view of the Broad and river beyond. The church itself is a tranquil and well maintained environment.

Thank Buxton68
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Reviewed 25 October 2017

Fantastic church, great medieval rood screen, superb misericords and the most splendid illustrated psalm book on display. And to top that you have the best church tower climb in the region. (NB. It gets a bit tight near the top with two ladders and a...More

Thank Chris S
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Reviewed 16 September 2017

The church is quaint with a beautiful altar screen. The climb up the tower is fun and the challenge is to go up or down without meeting anyone else going in the opposite direction. The views from the top of the tower are absolutely stunning!

Thank EdwardandMaria
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

St Helen's has remarkably well-preserved medieval paintings on the rood screen. Apparently one reason for their survival during the iconoclastic period of the Reformation is that those bent on destroying such 'idolatry' could not find their way to the church through the marshes. The climb...More

Thank AlandeWalden
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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

We visited this beautiful ancient church with a remarkably well-preserved rood screen and the Ranworth Antiphoner, a 15th century illuminated manuscript after a wonderful NWT boat trip on Ranworth Broad. We climbed to the top of the tower (worse coming down than going up) but...More

Thank propmill
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

Visited this friendly Tea Room run by volunteers on Monday 4th September with my mum, had a lovely Cup of tea, Cheese scone, followed by a delicious piece of Walnut and Carrot Cake, and then a short stroll to the visit the beautiful church. Most...More

Thank Julie O
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Smurrell112
25 March 2018|
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Response from Chris S | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn't have thought so as it's a tight squeeze climbing up and you have to negotiate two ladders. And if you made that, the small railings at the top aren't dog proof. Suspect it more sensible to leave pooch outside.
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UkMumof2
24 October 2017|
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Response from lancslass061_12 | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry but I can't say for sure - it depends on how many volunteers are available. Why don't you visit picturesque Ranworth itself, visiting the tea room at the back of the church first. If this tea room isn't open it... More
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